Can a bearded dragon eat spinach?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can a bearded dragon eat spinach?”, and what type of veggies, fruits, and animal-based protein should be fed to bearded dragons?

Can a bearded dragon eat spinach?

Spinach is a great source of iron, calcium, folate, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin K. But it should be occasionally fed to the bearded dragon because of its high oxalate content. Oxalates inhibit calcium absorption, which may lead to MBD.

What type of plant-based food should I feed my bearded dragon?

Vegetables 

80-90% of the diet of an adult bearded dragon should come from plants. Ideally, you should give dark green leafy veggies along with some colored (yellow, orange, red) veggies to your bearded dragon. 

Make sure the veggies are divided into small manageable pieces which the bearded dragon can easily devour. For a wholesome diet, It is recommended to serve a bowl full of colorful veggies to your bearded guy. 

Veggies like an iceberg, lettuce, and celery have a poor nutritional profile. Plus they are rich in fiber water which makes them unsuitable to feed bearded dragons. 

Some of the best veggies for bearded dragons include collard greens, beet greens, mustard greens, broccoli, turnip greens, alfalfa hay or chow, bok choy, kale, parsley, Swiss chard, watercress, clover, red or green cabbage, cilantro, kohlrabi, bell peppers, green beans, escarole, and dandelion.

Veggies like cactus, various squash, sprouts, cooked sweet potato, parsnips, okra, cucumber, asparagus, mushrooms, carrots, peas, and corn, should be fed in smaller amounts.

Fruits 

The remaining 10-20% diet of bearded dragons should be fulfilled by meat and fruits. Some of the recommended fruits are apples, pears, bananas (with skin), mango, grapes, star fruit, raisins, peaches, tomato, guava, kiwis, and melons.

Fruits like figs that are high in calcium are particularly good for the bone health of your bearded friend. Moreover, fruits like apricots, dates, raspberries, and strawberries are all great options for snacks.

Fruits should only be fed in small amounts to your bearded dragon since they are rich in sugar and do not have good long-term effects. Besides fruits, bearded dragons can also be offered flowers like geraniums, carnations, dandelions, hibiscus, nasturtiums, and roses.

Make sure the flowers have not been sprayed with any kind of chemical that could be injurious to a bearded dragon’s health. Withered flowers can be safely fed to your bearded friend.

What type of veggies can be harmful to bearded dragons?

Veggies that are high in oxalates such as swiss chard, spinach, and beet greens should be fed in limited amounts. Oxalates reduce the bioavailability of calcium and other minerals by binding with them. Long-term consumption of such veggies can result in nutrient deficiencies and poor bone health.

Similarly, veggies like cabbage, kale, and mustard greens contain goitrogens. These substances meddle with the absorption of iodine that negatively affects the functioning of the thyroid gland.

What type of animal-based proteins is best for bearded dragons?

Bearded dragons are omnivores. They eat insects as a source of animal-based protein. Among the insects, calcium-dusted crickets and mealworms, spiders, wax worms, silkworms, tofu, moths, slugs, and earthworms, are considered best. Silkworms and wax worms are high in fat so they should only be fed sparingly. 

Do not feed the insects taken randomly from the outside or picked from your home garden, as they may have residues of insecticides and pesticides which can be toxic to the bearded dragons. 

It is okay to feed pinkie or young ice to adult bearded dragons. What’s not okay is to feed them fireflies which are toxic for the bearded dragons.

What supplements should you give your bearded dragon?

Growing and developing bearded dragons have a dire need for calcium. They need calcium more than phosphorus. It is advised to sparingly add calcium powder to your lizard’s food. The calcium powder may be in the form of calcium gluconate, lactate, or carbonate.

Besides this, you need to supplement your lizard’s food 2-3 times per week with calcium powder that is enriched with Vitamin D3. only once a week should the food of a bearded dragon be sprinkled with a general reptile mineral supplement. 

Your best bet is to get in contact with your vet to make sure your bearded dragon eats wholesome food full of calcium and other essential minerals and vitamins. Supplemented food should always be fed first to maximize its absorption and availability. 

How to keep your bearded dragon hydrated?

You must ensure the availability of freshwater to your bearded dragon at all times. Clean and disinfect the water bowl regularly. 

Moist veggies, rainwater, or morning dew and enough to fulfill the water requirements of the bearded dragon. Besides, bearded dragons may also be hydrated using a plant mister or soaking in water once or twice per week.

Conclusion 

In this article, we will answer the question “Can a bearded dragon eat spinach?”, and what type of veggies, fruits, and animal-based protein should be fed to bearded dragons?

References

https://dragonsdiet.com/blogs/dragon-care/can-bearded-dragons-eat-spinach
https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/bearded-dragons-feeding

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.